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Thai's (11 K UkN ■ Greyhound lo
do Ih* entlre'trlp. Ah well. I kill
two of Ihoie hour* it BtulcTttff 1
chowlng down menudo.
It'i when I come back to the
depot that I realize I'm not done
with Ihi* Idea.
There's ■ guy leaning sgainit hli
airly red backpack. Hsdn'i he been
on the laat but? He'* talking to ■
couple of young guy*, showing •
slip of piper lo one of them, who It
■ending later beama of apll to the
concrete and taking mouth -corner
drags from a cigarette.
I li** The 305 finally pulls up. 20
mlnulei late. The three men leap
up All of then have bedraggled
little yellow tranafer*.
I Join them and pay another 25
cents. Total now, 1 1.75.
The two guya awing up 10 the
back of the hue. One twiddle* a
guilar. the other pulla out a knife
and itarta aharpenlng 11 on a atone.
Someone elae on board Is reading a
Bible or Koran aloud to himself.
During Ihla man su-etcn. either
we're all going to be knifed or
prMelytiied to death.
The guy with the backpack la
fUll down front, talking in a aort of
Caribbean accent with the driver.
He ahowa him a email, heavily
fingered white card. It hat the
number* of the chain of buses from
San Diego to Lo* Angelea.
- 1 got th la from the San Diego
Reacue Iflaaton." he aaya. "They
give them out to people who have
to go up to L.A. lo pick up their
Social Security ehecka."
So much for my brilliant Idea,
We paaa Into Camp Pendleton
under a aign saying, "Recycle
There't i lot of people doing
what you folk are doing," the
driver aaya. "We get a lot of vela,
loo. They come down from L.A -
even San Francteco— lo VA hoa-
pitali that have the specialty they
need. Take* 'em maybe a day and a
half and tS-H to get down front
Friaeoto the VA m La Jolla."
We're driving through the ieo-
lated countryside of the Marine
baae. With ao few on the but, H
almott feels like family. The driver
aaya to call hua Roy. Roy Cardi-
"You feller* are lucky, know
thai*" he aaya. "Actually. Juet lo
take you on ihla stretch coats the
bua company tT each. That'a our
real coat- per -paaaenger. The real
it made up from subsidies. Hell, a
dollars. Lai la 15 years, and K has to
be driven, maintained, fueled
up. . . . You're getting the laat of
the great travel bargains. "
;ei me a car and drive back horned TOTS^O !
to New GTleane. Settle into the old *'•*■>■' -'V)
neighborhood, so I'm near my two
ex- wives and my children. Cot one
kid hist bom with my second
ex-wife ihil 1 haven't
it of Marine jarheada. He opena
ihe front door.
"You guya want a Ufl some-
where?" he yells. The aergeant
anawen, "No thank*. We've got a
Tew mile* to go— On (COL"
Roy eloac* Ihe door. There you
go." he aaya. "Sec how lucky you
are? You got a nice warm bus and
you got roe. Know how far I've
driven since I've been with the
company? Six -hundred -ninety -
thoueand mile*. I'm 61 now. Ill
have done a million mile* by the
time they re lire me al 65."
ltd* San Clemente.
Aa we slurp coffee al a Carl's Jr.
wailing for ihe 91 bu*. the guy with
the Caribbean accent aaya hla
name Is Robl Will lam*. Me* got an
accent because he's from New
Ot leans. He haa 1 10 in hla pocket.
Slept In Balboa Park laat night. Is
working hi* way up lo Seattle.
"I'm going tlahlng. man-six
The guy ...
■ays his name I* Spray PalnL
-■Honest." he "says. "I changed it
'by deed poll. Two year* ago. When ,
I waa young. 18."
Spray Paint la an artlat. Tin Into
alrbmah designing. Dropped out of
high *ehoot In llth grade. Started
my own company. My motto wa*
'You name u. I'll do It' Trouble
was, nobody named It. I got no
work. Now. my grandma hist
tossed me out of her house In San
Diego. Thai'* why I'm here. Pm
broke. Heh! Going up lo sec my
Hla friend's name la Kevin
Fleming. He'* a musician, and he'*
really known a* K-T. He'* on hi*
way lo Santa Ana lo "clear up a
"I gol to gel to tome bua shelter
north of L.A. by nightfall," aay*
Rob), "so I can stretch out there
and start with the bird* tomor-
, We're bulling through ihe faah-
Ionable *burbt of San Clemente.
Outside, gated beachfront commu-
nities whislt by. At > atop, a young _i
woman tries lo clamber aboard J~-
with two huge plaatie bag* filled o>
with soda can*. Root Jump* tap and =
take* them from her. He hauls 13
them clanking up the back. She O
thank* him with an educated voice >
and lowered eyes.
1 M pau The 9 1 drop* m off at ■
Kmart We're not quite sure where
It la. By now our sense of geogra-
phy is hlitory.
Spray Punt and K-7 aay goodby
and climb aboard an 88 for Ana-
heir- Robl Willi.™ and 1 are
holding faat at f 1.75 as we catch a
07— free with Iranafer— for Lagu-
na Beach and on lo the neo- Vene-
tian Faahion Island null In New-
port Beach. There, 10 centa and
another transfer get Us aboard the
Long Beach-bound 85. Total apenti
We split at Long Beach. It's
"You warn lo know ihe truth?"
he aay* a* we haul into Ihe Blue ;
Une trolley tcrnHnal. T had to-
leave New Orleans. My second:
wife ran out en me. pregnant *nd
all. She wouldn't let aw aa* ker. I
and her riot letting me came,
around. Now aha won't lei me see
my own ion. All I want la
He struggle* Inle hi* ba ck pack.
Jumps out the door., runs toward
some buses and I* gone.
Aa I climb the platform steps to
the Blue Une at the Long Beach
terminal. I feel like some conquer-
ing hero. Utile do theae commul-
era know what odysney haa juat .
li's not until I rlndka aaai thai
fatigue actually seta In. Aa the train
roll* along, a cramp hits my left .
foot. Some people do true every-
day—and not by choice— and sur-
vive without complaining. But my
bun*, my tower back, my knee*
I which have been bent loo much).
are all screaming "Enoughr
The hour It take* to get lo LA. la
one of the longecl of my Hfe.
Eleven hour* and 40 miauus
after leaving Coronado. we pull In
to downtown Lea Angelea Arrival
Umei 5.49 p.m. In thai time I could
have driven lo Lo* Angelea. back
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[thought this idea wu my idea.
The brilliant light bulb came on one day when a San
Diego but driver handed mc a Utile slip of yellow paper.
Why not I thought! Just keep transferring all the way to
Los Angeles, to San Francisco, to The World! And for a
mere Buck -25.
So on a Friday morning 1 took off for Bill's Excellent
6.-05 a-m-: By dawn's early drizzle, the 901 rocks around
the comer of Orange Avenue in Coronado. Little does the
driver realize— as she hands me the transfer— that she will
be the first of many to help me on - . ■ y-;
my way to Los Angeles.
fc<5: The SO! arrives la down
town San Diego. Switch to a 34 to
UC San Diego in La Jolia.
7:50: Now on a 301 North Coun-
ty bus to Occanside. (The driver
charges 25 cents, so the total now
spent is 11.50. but the principle is
The going's slow. We seem 10
■top at every red light between
San Diego and Oceanside and pick
up and drop off every citizen that
belongs to a seniors' club. We're
even visited by the green-uni-
formed migrat, who haul off two
apparently illegal immigrants in
tsH: The 301 pulls in to the cavernous depot at
Oceanside. I'm already deciding how to write the All-
America Cheap Travel Guide ... and where 111 go for
lunch in L. A.
It turns out the bus to Orange County isn't due until
11=20. Two and one-hair hours! That's all ft takes «
, Greyhound to do the entire trip. Ah well. I kill two of those
hours at Bessie's cafe chowingdown menudo.
It's when I come back to the depot that 1 realize I'm not
alone with this idea.
There's a guy leaning against his dirty red backpack.
Hadn't he been on the last bus? He's talking to a couple of
young guys, showing a slip of paper to one of them, who a
sending laser beams of spit to the concrete and taking
mouth -comer drags from a cigarette.
11:40: The 305 finally pulls up. 20 minutes late. The three
men leap up. All of them have bedraggled little yellow
I Join them and pay another 25 cents. Total now ; 1 1 .75.
The two guys swing up 10 the back of the bus. One
twiddles a guitar, the other pulls out a knife and staru
sharpening it on a stone. Someone else on board is reading
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